(07) 343 6591

Rotorua Hospice News

Stay up to date with Rotorua Community Hospice

New Life Biography service launched

Reminiscing about days gone by, helping people tell their stories.

November 5, 2018

In 2018, our new Life Biography Service for patients was launched. We now offer the opportunity for patients to tell their story and have it recorded for their loved ones. Our biographers are trained volunteers who allow our patients to reflect and prompt memories of their lives.

We interviewed one of your new volunteer biographers, Alex Madden, to find out what it is all about.

Why did you decide to volunteer for the Life Biography Service?
I have been looking for an opportunity to give something back to the community. When I read that Rotorua Hospice was setting up a Life Biography Service, I thought it would be most worthwhile giving patients the opportunity to share and reflect on important moments in their lives. It is a privilege to have their trust.

What is the Life Biography Service all about?
When a person is facing their own mortality, it is often a time they contemplate their life, joys, sorrows, achievements etc. This is where the Life Biography Service can assist patients to reflect and talk about things that are important to them. The biographer records their stories and faithfully transcribes them in the patient’s own words. If they wish, their story can be produced into a booklet which they can share with their families.

How do you think patients and their whānau might benefit?
The benefit to the patient is giving them a voice, especially as so much of their time and energy is spent in looking after their physical health. It also provides an opportunity to bring the patient and their family and whānau closer together, to share the stories and acknowledge the patient’s life and contribution. In some cases some of these stories have never been heard before. Because the booklet is produced in the patient’s own words, it is authentic.

What are you looking forward to most about being a volunteer with Rotorua Hospice?
It will be humbling to have patients place their trust in me and open up and share their life stories. I think I will receive a lot more than I give.

Hospice News

Card image cap

Volcanic Kitchens Cookbook Pre-orders available now

Delicious recipes, local connections. Pre-orders now available!

Learn More
Card image cap

COVID-19 Response Latest Update

Keeping you updated with our response to COVID-19.

Learn More
Card image cap

The End of Life Choice Act Referendum

Our organisational position on the End of Life Choice Act.

Learn More
Card image cap

Hospice Shop Open for Business

Colourful window displays give a sneak peek, why not pop in and have a look for yourself.

Learn More
Card image cap

Grieving & Mental Wellness through COVID-19

Taking care of your mental health is especially important.

Learn More
Card image cap

Become a Hospice Hero Today

Support over 120 people living with a life-limiting illness.

Learn More
Card image cap

Declutter & Keep for Hospice Shop

Donate things you no longer use. Less is the new more.

Learn More
Card image cap

Claim tax credits for donations

You can claim 33.33% of your donations back. Find out how.

Learn More
Card image cap

Harcourts Dancing for Hospice 2020 cancelled

2020 event cancelled. Read the full press release here.

Learn More
Card image cap

Farmers raises $23,941 for Rotorua Community Hospice

Christmas fundraising campaign a resounding success!

Learn More
Card image cap

Hospice Newsletters – Catch up on all our news

Visit our archive to find all our newsletters in one place.

Learn More
Card image cap

Volunteer Long Service Awards

Celebrating volunteer service from 5 years right up to 30 years.

Learn More
Card image cap

Seeds of Support – Regular Giving programme launched

A community of supporters who make a regular automatic donation.

Learn More
Card image cap

Hospice urges Kiwis to talk about death

“We really believe if we could talk about it more, we might all worry a bit less”.

Learn More
Card image cap

New Life Biography service launched

Reminiscing about days gone by, helping people tell their stories.

Learn More
Card image cap

Five ways to talk to a child about death

“We need to have a national conversation about death and dying”.

Learn More

This is Dexter the Dog’s story

Dexter the dog lives a few hundred metres away from Ferguson Home – a retirement community in Rotorua.

Read More

Rotorua Community Hospice Stories

Stories of the individuals who have touched our lives.